‘Flood” replaces ‘white’ on Christmas night

Good news: no injuries...

In a nutshell, heavy rains Christmas afternoon and evening produced flooding around the county, wrecking havoc on roads and bridges and damaging several businesses in Oneonta. No fatalities or injuries were reported. At least three rescues of passengers in flooded vehicles were reported by first responders in Oneonta, and one family was displaced from a flooded home at Highland Lake, […]

Commission declares state of emergency

The Blount County Commission passed a resolution in an emergency meeting Monday declaring a local state of emergency “due to extensive flood damage to county and municipal roads and bridges, and damage to local businesses and residences” from the storms of Dec. 25 and 26. Stressing the need to move quickly to assure the safety and welfare of the general […]

Authorities rescue couple stranded on vehicle roof during flooding

A couple was stranded on the roof of their vehicle after they were engulfed in flooding waters on Warrior-Trafford Road, according to authorities. The incident occurred on Christmas Day at approximately 6 p.m. The couple, who were in their late 60s, were caught in the chest-high water for at least an hour before law enforcement was able to rescue them, […]

The top stories of 2015…

January The year started out with a bang – literally – when a truck left the road, went up a hill and across a parking lot and slammed into the Sears building in Oneonta. No one was hurt in the early-morning, single-vehicle accident but the front of the building suffered major damage… County Highway 1, one of the most heavily-traveled […]


CITY OF ONEONTA will have a special called council meeting tomorrow, Dec. 31, at 7 a.m., in the council chambers of Oneonta City Hall for the purpose of discussing a real estate proposal. SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL will have a dedication ceremony to name the Bruce McAfee Gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the school. The public […]

Those we lost in 2015


As we close book on 2015, my year-end tradition is to reminisce about the passing away of significant players on the Alabama political stage. The first obituary is not a person but an entity. The Alabama Education Association is essentially dead as a political organization. The king is dead – when Paul Hubbert died, the AEA died. It almost seems […]

‘House of Kindness’ still cookin’


In connection with last week’s article reporting thoughts of key leaders on the county’s proposed 1-cent sales tax, District 3 Commissioner Allen Armstrong notified The Blount Countian that he was misquoted on a key point. He was quoted as saying that “no individual, no board of education member, no municipality” – had requested the commission to raise taxes (because they […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 31, 1925

Fire at Cleveland Cleveland had another disastrous fire Monday night. The post office, Box and Son’ store and the barber shop went up in smoke. The fire originated in the Box and Son’s store and was discovered between and 11 and 12 o’clock and quickly spread to the other buildings. Nothing from the store was saved. Roscoe Bynum was living […]

Holiday tourneys underway


The Locust Fork girls, the No. 2 team in 4A, suffered their first loss of the year last week, falling 54-47 to 7A Bob Jones in the AL.com Tournament in Huntsville. Barbara Roy’s team rebounded nicely. After a break for Christmas, the Lady Hornets splattered 5A Guntersville 63-33 Monday afternoon in the first round of the Lady Patriot Classic at […]